Animals Archive
30 January 2014, 09:28 AM ET
Sweet Pea, a shark ray, just gave birth to seven pups, making her the first shark ray in captivity to successfully give birth.
29 January 2014, 11:25 PM ET
Animal advocacy can be controversial, but the conversation needs to be open and honest on all sides.
29 January 2014, 06:47 PM ET
A long-snouted, toothy skull found in west Texas belongs to an unknown species of alligator-like creatures known as phytosaurs. These animals lived in what was once a swampy, forested environment.
29 January 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The flying snake gets a bit of glide by splaying out its ribs and deforming itself into a frisbee cross-section, new research suggests.
29 January 2014, 06:00 PM ET
A flying snake flattens its body into the cross-section of a flying saucer in order to stay airborne, and that shape is surprisingly aerodynamic, new research has found.
29 January 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Increased rainfall associated with climate change has increased the rate of chick mortality in Argentinean penguin colonies, according to a new study.
29 January 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Apparently rats raised at Disney aren't prepared for the real world. A new study warns that Florida's efforts to breed endangered Key Largo woodrats in captivity are doomed.
29 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A gigantic, Cretaceous-era frog sported spiky protrusions on the back of its skull and plated armor down its back, likely to protect it from all the dinosaurs and crocodiles that roamed Earth at the time.
29 January 2014, 09:58 AM ET
Following in the footsteps of China and the United States, conservation officials in Hong Kong announced that they will destroy their stockpile of confiscated ivory, burning more than 30 tons (28 tonnes) of elephant tusks and other ivory items.
29 January 2014, 01:15 AM ET
Animals don't use toilet paper, and don't need it, because they don't walk tall.
28 January 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Using the new method, lymphocytes were converted into stem cells (marked in green), which were used to create a mouse embryo with a beating heart.
28 January 2014, 02:59 PM ET
The impact of European settlement on Australia was so massive that many mammals disappeared before anyone noticed they were there, but fossils from the past 10,000 years offer excellent evidence of pre-European fauna.
27 January 2014, 03:40 PM ET
On a 65-acre island off the coast of northern Maine, hundreds of gray seals gather each year to give birth to and rear pups, and mate with other seals. Thanks to explore.org, viewers around the world can watch the adorable scene unfold on a live, high-def
27 January 2014, 02:01 PM ET
A new round of U.S. Navy sonar testing off California is poised to harm hundreds of thousands of blue whales, dolphins and other animals.
27 January 2014, 10:35 AM ET
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University created a robotic snake that can crawl, climb, swim and scale flights of stairs. These versatile robots, which are designed for reaching human inaccessible areas, could be valuable tools for disaster relief.
24 January 2014, 09:58 PM ET
Without Antarctic krill, the majority of global sea life will be at risk — Antarctic waters must be protected.
24 January 2014, 12:15 PM ET
A single mutation may account for lethal animal's toxin.
24 January 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Indonesian authorities cuffed a wildlife trader who allegedly trafficked komodo dragons, endangered baby primates and other live animals, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.
23 January 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Researchers have connected canine swimming patterns to early aquatic mammals.
23 January 2014, 03:39 PM ET
As climate change has shortened the hunting season on sea ice, polar bears have shifted to eating more land-based foods such as geese, eggs and caribou.
23 January 2014, 03:14 PM ET
As climate change has shortened the hunting season on sea ice, polar bears have shifted to eating more land-based foods such as geese, eggs and caribou.
23 January 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Scientists have discovered fossils of three species of big-headed fly that lived about 50 million years ago.
23 January 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Dog sex has made it possible for the world's oldest cancer to last 11,000 years and travel the world, say researchers who found patient zero was genetically similar to an Alaskan malamute or husky.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The colorful crustaceans have super vision of sorts, sporting 12 different types of photoreceptors when four to seven are all that is needed.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
No other animal senses color like the colorful mantis shrimp, which uses 12 receptors to quickly detect colors in its reef environment. The crustacean's eye works like a satellite sensor.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Bats can sense ripples created by male frogs croaking from puddles, raising the risk of these frogs becoming midnight snacks for the flying mammals. Nevertheless, the frogs seem to get benefits from using the ripples to communicate.
23 January 2014, 07:27 AM ET
The rapidly reproducing and notoriously hungry lionfish has pushed native creatures out of tropical reefs at an alarming rate in the western Atlantic, where the invasive species has no natural predators.
22 January 2014, 11:56 PM ET
Why are snowy owls expanding to southern, coastal regions?
22 January 2014, 05:37 PM ET
Rats express empathy in ways that are familiar to humans.
22 January 2014, 05:19 PM ET
The number of rhinos illegally slaughtered in South Africa in 2013 reached an all-time high, with an average of three rhinos killed each day, according to new figures released this month by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
22 January 2014, 05:14 PM ET
A robot surveying the underside of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf has made a startling discovery: Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.